WILLMAR — The firms hired by the Willmar City Council to serve as the construction manager at risk and the architect for the long-discussed Willmar City Hall and Community Center project come with a long list of project experience.

The council on Monday unanimously hired RJM Construction as the construction manager at risk and BKV Group as the architect/engineer for the project. There was no discussion on the matter at Monday's council meeting, and council members made no comments as they approved the resolutions hiring the two firms.

The city will pay BKV Group a fee of 6.5 percent of the cost of the work, and RJM Construction will receive an estimated compensation fee of $570,710.

The estimated budget for the joint City Hall and Community Center is approximately $10 million. As a construction manager at risk, RJM Construction will have to deliver the project on budget.

BKV Group, of Minneapolis, is a known entity to the city of Willmar. The group was behind the design of the Willmar Public Library upgrade in the late 1990s.

Established in 1978, the firm provides architecture, engineering, interior design, landscape architecture and construction administration services. They also have offices in Chicago, Dallas and Washington, D.C.

Other projects in which BKV has been involved include government buildings such as the Shakopee City Hall, Owatonna Arts Center, Inver Grove Heights City Hall and Police Station, St. Cloud Police Station and Freeborn County Justice Center.

Construction manager RJM Construction is also from Minneapolis.

Projects that RJM has worked on include the Minnesota State Capitol, Chaska Community Center, Eden Prairie Community Center, Minneapolis City Council Chambers, Woodbury City Council Chambers, Shakopee Ice Arena and Community Center and the Minnesota Wild training facility.

Members of Willmar's joint City Hall and Community Center Task Force in February met to review the construction manager and architect proposals received from companies. In total there were 10 construction manager proposals and 14 from architect/engineering firms. Only the names of the two hired companies were made public.

The finalists were then interviewed Feb. 14, with the task force recommending the hiring of RJM and BKV.

During the recent effort to build a new city hall in Willmar, what was originally a stand-alone City Hall Task Force met many times and considered several possible sites before deciding the best location for the proposed project would be the site of the Willmar Community Center.

The Invest in Willmar local option sales tax has $2 million earmarked for a project at the community center. The subcommittee working on the Willmar Community Center project agreed with the city that a combined facility would be the best direction.